This non-profit organization serves to encourage the preservation of Lane County history. It also operates the Lane County History Museum, which collects and preserves artifacts and library materials that help establish or illustrate the history of Lane County.
The Society is governed by an elected board of directors and an annual February meeting celebrates Oregon’s achievement of statehood.
The Society also publishes the Lane County Historian, a tri-annual periodical of local historical information. It also prints a quarterly newsletter, The Artifact, and other publications such as diaries, cemetery records, and local census records. Throughout the year the Society hosts general meetings featuring presentations of historical interest. It also participates in many projects such as historic preservation and the collection of oral histories.
The Lane County History Museum was created to collect, preserve, and interpret Lane County’s rich heritage. It is the only county-wide historical museum in Lane County. Lane County was a destination point for emigrants crossing the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. The museum houses collections of national and local significance dating from the early 1800s to the present.
The Society and Museum’s vision for the future is to create a history center in a visible, accessible location. It would house the Museum, possible related organizations, and a café–in a space twice the size of the current facility. It would include a larger, more accessible exhibit space, adequate workspace for collections management and exhibit preparation, storage for current and expanded collections, a well designed library and archives, an expanded gift shop and book store, and a multi-purpose room or theater with kitchen facilities for events. The center would also be climate controlled, secure, well-lit, and ADA accessible. It would be a dynamic education, research and entertainment destination.